The Final Communiqué of the Annual Coordination Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States Members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

(1 October 1998, United Nations Headquarters in New York)


Question of Palestine, Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the Middle East:

The Meeting approved the Report of the Meeting of the Six-Member Committee on Palestine (Annex I) held on 5 Jumada II (25 September 1998)

It reaffirmed support for the peace process in the Middle East, and the necessity of implementing the agreements signed in its framework between the parties concerned, and of adhering to the commitments and pledges made in accordance with the principles underpinning the initiation of the peace process in Madrid, particularly the "land-for-peace" principle and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, foremost of which are Security Council resolutions 242, 338 and 425, which demand that Israel withdraw from all occupied Palestinian and Arab territories, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif, from the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of 4 June 1967, and from the occupied Lebanese territories, and restitute the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

It requested the Security Council to enforce its resolutions on protecting the status of Al-Quds, to develop a mechanism for implementing its resolution 1073 (1996), to take the necessary measures for the Council to continue putting into effect the contents of the Presidential Statement it issued on 13 July 1998, and to take appropriate decisions and measures in this regard, pursuant to the U.N. Charter considering that Israel’s action in Al-Quds constitutes a violation of the principles of peace in the Middle East, a threat to international peace and security and an act of aggression.

It reaffirmed the inapplicability of the accreditation of Israel’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly to the representation of the Arab and Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif. It expressed its appreciation of the support extended by the international community for upgrading the representation of Palestine in the United Nations, and called on all states in the world to recognize the State of Palestine upon its proclamation on Palestinian soil pursuant to the resolutions of international legality.

It called on the Security Council to revive the International Commission of Supervision and Control to prevent colonization in the occupied Al-Quds and other Palestinian and Arab territories, in compliance with Security Council resolution 446.

It welcomed the offer made by the Swiss Government for the convening before the end of this year of a meeting of the High Signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War to take the necessary measures for ensuring implementation of the Convention in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif.